In local authorities the use of remotely sensed imagery for projects includes environmental impact assessments, habitat analysis, urban planning, flood risk assessments, copyright-free mapping.
ERDAS IMAGINE software provides the tools to interoperate aerial imagery, near infrared and satellite data for a multitude of project requirements. The single biggest reason local governments have used remote sensing imagery is to establish change detection, for urban growth and land cover analysis.
The constantly evolving urban, semi-urban and rural landscape in the UK can be best illustrated through the interpretation and presentation of aerial imagery. A growing population is putting pressure on our land and resources, including needs for new housing, increasing industrial requirements, pressures of agricultural management or new communications links. The ability to remotely analyse small sites, larger areas or the country as a whole means decisions can be made in a cost-effective manner, with more reliable planning leading to improved implementation.